WORKSHOPS & GALLERY
NEW! - COMING SOON
I'm planning to start up teaching IMPRO & ACTING SKILLS which designed to help people re-discover themselves, become more confident, daring and authentic in real life, to get rid of unwanted inhibitions that block creativity and purpose... and much more.
I want to work with 6-9 new players (min/max) who are new to this game, but who have always secretly perhaps been fascinated with this art form. Maybe you are one of those people... or maybe you know someone who would be interested???? (age 18 + years)
The classes will be a weekly 3 hour session (evenings or weekends)... it sounds like a lot, but time flies when you're having fun. Classes will be in or around the Totnes area in Devon. Please contact me for more in formation on where, when and costs (TBC).
OTHER AUTUMN 2021 COURSES & WORKSHOPS (in planning)
As of Autumn 2021, I will be working in collaboration with CREATIVE CULTURE SOUTH WEST, a fantastic company dedicated to making the arts more accessible in the South West UK. Together we are planning workshops and courses in IMPRO and ACTING at Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced (professional) levels.
If you want to know more please visit: CREATIVE CULTURE SOUTH WEST
Or, if you wish, please CONTACT me personally. I am happy to talk to you!
ABOUT ART14 & MY GALLERY OF IMAGES When I started to teaching professional acting techniques years ago in Copenhagen, it became clear to me that my students weren't necessarily interested in becoming professional actors. They sensed that acting skills could give them more confidence in life i.e. life skills. In response to this I started developing games and improvisation challenges that would free them up from any creative inhibitions, enable them to live life in a more playful, imaginative and courageous way and bring the best out of each individual. After the Wall came down in 1989 I taught these same skills to people starved for imaginative play from the East Block and witnessed similar transformations. One of the first questions I ask my 'players' is 'What is acting all about?' Most people answer - 'It's pretending to be someone else.' I say, no, it's actually about being yourself, all parts of yourself, the whole of YOU. And that's where the fun begins! I now combine IMPRO and METHOD acting techniques with a whole range of crazy games that anyone, from any cultural background, age (18yrs+) or need can join in with. There are 14 different levels of development, hence the name ART14, which mysteriously means 'the marriage of the opposites'. My groups are small (6-9 players) so I can give each individual the attention they need. We sometimes organise surreal public performances to challenge the student's openness, creativity and daring. It's edgy - to say the least. I do also give career advice, if someone wants to enter the profession, and I mentor players in auditions pieces for top drama schools. Acting skills encompass so much of what it is to be human and alive today. I'd be very happy to meet you! Josephine
TESTIMONY FROM PETER OSWALD - then resident playwright of the GLOBE THEATRE, London.
"I would like to recommend Josephine Larsen as strongly as possible for the position of mentor. When in 2001 I approached her with the idea of starting a theatre company, she invited me to attend her acting course, Art 14, which I did. I was then able to observe and experience her way of nurturing people, some of them very much lacking in self-esteem. I was extremely impressed by her ability to be both protective and adventurous, to enable people to go as far as they wanted in creative terms, and then, without knowing it, or regretting it, perhaps even further. She was not above expelling a threatening person from the group. On the other hand, I don't think she ever refused to admit anyone on the grounds that they were too hopeless or repressed or depressed! I had myself on numerous occasions tried to become a performer, but it was Josephine who finally enabled me to do this, with great benefits to me personally and professionally. She is both encouraging and realistic, two things that can only be combined through the medium of imagination. It is the realm of Imagination that Josephine is especially gifted in being able to access. She has thoroughly absorbed the work of Keith Johnstone among others, and added her own experience of so many years of professional performance. She has a wonderful understanding of the imaginative side of literature and life, and is gifted herself as a writer and storyteller. She has developed her abilities through Neuro-Linguistic Programming, but also through her work with Heart's Tongue, the company that we, together with various Art 14 students, went on to found. Developing a semi-professional theatre company requires both boundless optimism and stark realism; difficult things, as I have said, to combine. However, Josephine has succeeded in doing this, to the extent that the company is thriving and developing five years on.
I am deeply aware that Josephine is driven by a belief in the transformational power of theatre, and not by narrow personal ambition. She is dedicated to seeking out and bringing to life the theatrical gifts latent in her community. She can find these gifts where few others can – in the depressed and the self-doubting, the wounded and the frustrated – and is able, with great warmth, humour, experience and discipline, to coax them out with the irresistible lure of the imagination." Peter Oswald